Villagers mob U.S. aid choppers as Philippine relief effort spreads




 
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Villagers mob U.S. aid choppers as Philippine relief effort spreads
 
November 17th, 2013  
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Topic: Villagers mob U.S. aid choppers as Philippine relief effort spreads


Villagers mob U.S. aid choppers as Philippine relief effort spreads
By Aubrey Belford CABUNGAAN, Philippines (Reuters) - Mobbed by hungry villagers, U.S. military helicopters dropped desperately needed aid into remote areas of the typhoon-ravaged central Philippines, as survivors of the disaster flocked to ruined churches on Sunday to pray for their uncertain future. The Philippines is facing up to an enormous rebuilding task from Typhoon Haiyan, which killed at least 3,974 people and left 1,186 missing, with many isolated communities yet to receive significant aid despite a massive international relief effort. Philippine authorities and international aid agencies face a mounting humanitarian crisis, with the number of people displaced by the catastrophe estimated at 4 million, up from 900,000 late last week. President Benigno Aquino, caught off guard by the scale of the disaster and criticized by some for the sometimes chaotic response, visited affected areas on Sunday.




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